PMID: 2982031Feb 1, 1985

Novel rearrangements of herpes simplex virus DNA sequences resulting from duplication of a sequence within the unique region of the L component

Journal of Virology
K L Pogue-GeileP G Spear


We constructed insertion mutants of herpes simplex virus type 1 that contained a duplication of DNA sequences from the BamHI-L fragment (map units 0.706 to 0.744), which is located in the unique region of the L component (UL) of the herpes simplex virus type 1 genome. The second copy of the BamHI-L sequence was inserted in inverted orientation into the viral thymidine kinase gene (map units 0.30 to 0.32), also located within UL. A significant fraction of the progeny produced by these insertion mutants had genomes with rearranged DNA sequences, presumably resulting from intramolecular or intermolecular recombination between the BamHI-L sequences at the two different genomic locations. The rearranged genomes either had an inversion of the DNA sequence flanked by the duplication or were recombinant molecules in which different regions of the genome had been duplicated and deleted. Genomic rearrangements similar to those described here have been reported previously but only for herpes simplex virus insertion mutants containing an extra copy of the repetitive a sequence. Such rearrangements have not been reported for insertion mutants that contain duplications of herpes simplex virus DNA sequences from largely unique regions of the ...Continue Reading

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